4th Annual

W@Competition Conference

The Competiti[ve] Edge

The Hotel, Brussels



9:00 – 10:00 Registration & Morning Coffee / Tea

10:00 – 10:10 Conference Chair Welcome Remarks

  • Evelina Kurgonaite-Swoboda, Founder & Chair of W@Competition

10:10 – 10:40  Double Espresso Talk: Fitting industrial into competition policy

  • Hanna Anttilainen, Head of Unit, DG Competition, European Commission

  • Bojana Ignjatovic, Partner, RBB Economics

10:40 – 11:10 Double Espresso Talk: Taming strategic SME acquisitions

  • Julie Bon, Deputy Chief Economic Adviser, UK Competition and Markets Authority

  • Jenny Leahy, Senior Associate, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

11:10 – 12:30 Panel discussion: Tackling climate change and sustainability challenges under [horizontal] rules of the game

Chair: Anna Lyle-Smythe, Partner, Slaughter & May

  • Kirsi Leivo, Director General, Finnish Kilpailu- ja kuluttajavirasto

  • Dina Lurje, Deputy Chairwoman, Lithuanian Konkurencijos Taryba

  • Maria Jaspers, Head of Unit, DG Competition, European Commission

  • Prof. Suzanne Kingston, University College Dublin, Sutherland School of Law

  • Anneleen Straetemans, Head of Legal & Corporate Affairs, Europe at ZX Ventures


12:30 – 14:00 Launch of the book Women & Antitrust: Voices from the Field - Volume I, followed by lunch

  • Nicolas Charbit, Chief Editor, Concurrences


14:00 – 14:30 Zoom-in: Interview with Isabelle de Silva, President, French Autorité de la concurrence

  • Angélique de Brousse, Senior Legal Counsel, Competition EMEA, Johnson & Johnson


14:30 – 16:00 Panel discussion: Levelling the playing field in the global context

Chair: Evelina Kurgonaite-Swoboda, Founder & Chair of W@Competition

  • Karin Lunning, Deputy Director General, Swedish Konkurrensverket

  • Monique van Oers, Legal Director, the Netherlands Autoriteit Consument & Markt

  • Silke Hossenfelder, Head of General Policy Division, German Bundeskartellamt

  • Dr. Cristina Caffarra, Vice President, Head of European Competition Practice, CRA

  • Elsa Sependa, Assistant Vice President, Senior Legal Counsel, AT&T

  • Saar Dierckens, Senior Counsel Competition, Siemens AG


16:00 – 16:20 Coffee Break

16:20 – 17:40 Panel discussion: The data quandary: time and tools to de-FANG the giants?

Chair: Dr. Bettina Bergmann, Bergmann Law

  • Prof. Amelia Fletcher, OBE, Non-Executive Director, UK Competition and Markets Authority

  • Stéphanie Yon-Courtin, Member of the European Parliament, Rapporteur for The Annual Competition Policy Report

  • Vanessa Turner, Senior Advisor – Competition, BEUC

  • Renata Hesse, Partner, Co-head of the Antitrust Group, Sullivan & Cromwell

  • Karen Jelgerhuis Swildens, Senior Legal and Competition Counsel, booking.com


17:40 – 18:10 Double Espresso Talk: Preserving innovation incentives in R&D-intense sectors

  • Fiona Carlin, Chief Executive, EMEA+, Baker McKenzie

  • Khushita Vasant, Senior Competition Reporter, PaRR Global

18:10 Closing Remarks & Cocktail Reception


18:30 Q&A with Margrethe Vestager

Executive Vice President of the European Commission for a Europe Fit for the Digital Age

European Commissioner for Competition








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